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Pain after ADR Surgery one level C5/6 Four weeks post with muscle spasms /migrianes



  • The neurosurgeon who I choose for my C6-C7 fusion after interviewing five doctors told me that an artificial disc would make my pain worse.  One of the five doctors I saw, who is a nationally known ADR guy, told me I absolutely could have an artificial disc at C6-C7 and it absolutely would work.  The surgeon I chose told me that the problem with that surgeon was that technically he was a very good surgeon, but that he was always jumping on the bandwagon of the latest trend and supposed new best thing.

    Having gone with a fusion, of course, I have no way of knowing if an ADR would have worked, but all I can say is that less than 3 weeks post-op, I feel better than I have in years.  I had a horrible reaction to the anesthesia and was throwing up for one day, but basically after that, I felt fine, albeit a little weak for a few days.  I was back at work at a desk job in five days.

    Now I know that people have different recoveries, but I'm not super young (age 60), am not an athlete or a super fit person, but based on my admittedly idiosyncratic experience, if I were still struggling months out after surgery, I would be asking some serious questions about whether I received the right solution.
    C6-C7 ACDF - January 20, 2016
    Shoulder surgery - August 2, 2016
    Interlaminar laminotomy, mesial facetectomy and foraminotomy bilateral at C5-C6 and unilateral left at C6-C7 and bilateral C6-C7 facet fusion - December 7, 2016

  • Yes, I agree L.A.Spiney! Me and my husband went back to his office and talked about things.  He acted as tho he didn't have a clue what was wrong and why I was in pain.  It went from everything looked great to maybe we need to take out the artifical disc and put a level fusion!!!!!! And they said it was just arthritis. They were just happy there was no compression on the cord but like I said before there in already bone spurring on the implant that is compressing against vesicular sac and the narrowing in the disc above and below.  It was obvious that we were not going to get any answers. ....I am gonna try one other specialist to see if he'll see me. I am not a wimp south pain either,  I had half of a bottle of pain pills from August.  I just dealt with the pain up until this past month,  it has been more intense. Also,  I couldn't believe they were happy with the pics that showed how narrow it was where the spinal fluid was in that area.  It was getting by but very narrow????  Very very very disappointing and frustrated!  :(
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